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Radiological Emergency Preparedness and Response

As acknowledged and signed by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) in Ohio’s Memorandum of Understanding on Response to Hazardous Materials Incidents, ODH is the primary agency in Ohio when responding to emergencies involving ionizing radiation. This document coordinates the training and actual deployment of ODH staff including a radiation emergency response team(s).

Some of the services performed by the Emergency Preparedness & Response Program include: radiological dose assessment for the public in the event of a release of radioactive material; health physics advice including oversight and training in radiation safety; environmental sample collection, analysis and evaluation; and radiological monitoring of individuals.

Emergency services include, but are not limited to, emergency preparedness; radioactive material licensee's and training; preparing for and responding to incidents associated with radioactive material licensees; commercial nuclear power plant accidents; and terrorism events such as a dirty bombs or transportation accidents.

ODH coordinates with local agencies to ensure potassium iodide (KI) pills are available at distribution centers for individuals within Ohio's 10-mile emergency planning zones surrounding commercial nuclear power plants.  The current "Ohio Department of Health Potassium Iodide Policy" was issued in December 2007. For more information on KI visit the ODH Potassium Iodide (KI) Web page.

The ODH Division of Prevention has a single public health response telephone number.  The response number is 614-722-7221 and is staffed 24/7.  The response number provides a centralized point of contact to report Class A (1) infectious diseases, suspected bioterrorism acts, chemical incidents, radiation incidents and natural disasters.

The Bureau of Environmental Health and Radiation Protection, Radiation Protection programs will continue to use 614-644-2727 for all routine communications. 

Mailing Address:
Ohio Department of Health
Bureau of Environmental Health and Radiation Protection
Radiation Protection Programs 
246 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43215

Telephone: (614) 644-2727
Fax: (614) 466-0381

Last Updated: 5/10/2018